New START Victory Clear; Broader Nuclear Disarmament Vision Looks Unlikely

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 8:30 am

The Senate is about to vote on the new START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, and all expectations are that the treaty will pass. This caps off a very productive lame duck session with a major foreign policy victory for the Obama Administration. But it’s important to place new START in the proper perspective. [...]

Grumbling from Republicans Seeing Progress in Lame Duck Session

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 1:28 pm

Lindsey Graham delivered one of the more unintentionally hilarious media appearances in recent memory this afternoon, slamming his own party for “capitulations” in the lame duck session. Graham said Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for allowing ratification of the New START Treaty and other legislation in the period before new lawmakers are [...]

New START Treaty Clears Cloture with 67 Votes, Passage Nearly Assured

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 12:53 pm

In a cloture vote, the Senate today voted by a 67-28 margin to cut off debate on the new START nuclear arms reduction treaty, displaying enough bipartisan support to ratify the treaty with a 2/3 majority tomorrow. Republican Senators have been announcing their support for the treaty all day, including Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Johnny [...]

Passage Looks Secure for New START Treaty

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 7:04 am

After the defeat of three amendments to the START treaty yesterday, Republican support has lined up for the nuclear arms reduction measure. Yesterday Scott Brown gave his support; today it was Lamar Alexander, the number 3 ranking Republican in the Senate, to give his blessing. It was a compassionate statement: “I will vote to ratify [...]

Graham, McCain Pushed START Treaty Help if Democrats Stopped DADT Repeal Bill

By: Monday December 20, 2010 1:20 pm

I’m not buying this notion that Republicans who had their fee-fees hurt by ending official discrimination in the military will take it out on a nuclear arms reduction treaty and summarily make the world less safe from proliferation. But if anyone is myopic enough to do that, it’s John McCain and his friends. So Ryan [...]

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill Again; Sets Final Vote for New START

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 6:14 pm

The Senate continued a mad rush in their fairly productive lame duck session today, passing a food safety bill and filing cloture to end debate on ratification of the new START treaty. The food safety bill was left for dead after the Senate, which passed the bill earlier in the lame duck, mistakenly did not [...]

Saturday Session: Decision Day for DREAM Act, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Saturday December 18, 2010 7:10 am

The Senate is in session right now, with votes scheduled to start at 10:30am ET. Cloture on the motion to concur on the DREAM Act is first. If that fails, the Senate will move to cloture on a motion to concur on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Last night, the Senate passed a House bill [...]

Republicans Taking Other Hostages, Threaten to Shoot START if DADT Repealed

By: Friday December 17, 2010 12:24 pm

Bob Corker, speaking softly to Olivier Knox, casually says that the START treaty won’t pass if Don’t Ask Don’t Tell or the DREAM Act get a vote tomorrow. Corker voted against bringing up START in the first place. Nevertheless, you can’t totally dismiss this threat. Even though Corker voted against the treaty on the motion [...]

Reid Commits to Vote on Several Matters, Unclear on Timing

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 2:03 pm

That’s Harry Reid, talking about votes expected in the remainder of the lame duck session. He cited START, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the DREAM Act, the 9-11 health care bill and possibly votes on judicial nominations if an agreement wasn’t reached to move them in a block. As for when, he simply committed to votes [...]

Sequencing the Key on DADT Repeal

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 11:14 am

So Joe Lieberman went on MSNBC and publicly stated that the Senate should move Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal first, before the new START treaty, or basically the Senate will run out of time to address both. I believe, instead of going back to the START Treaty, we should go to the independent standalone repeal [...]

DeMint Caves, Won’t Force Reading of New START

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 12:30 pm

Jim DeMint decided against forcing a reading of the new START treaty on the floor of the Senate. He’s hilariously trying to spin this as a victory because Harry Reid delayed the opening of the debate one day. “Senator DeMint opposes ramming the controversial START Treaty in the lame duck session. After Senator DeMint asked [...]

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